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The Rede rises in the wild, upland bogs of Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Whitelee National Nature Reserve, at Carter Fell on the English-Scottish border. The River and its tributaries add to the habitat diversity on the reserve. Otters often hunt along the Rede. Adder and common lizard are common here as well as palmate newts on small pools along the burn. A herd of feral goats can sometimes be seen on the border with Kielderhead. Led by Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Revitalising Redesdale is working to restore Redesdale’s peatland, which will help hold more water on the fells and reduce sedimentation downstream. Find out more about our Peatland Restoration here.
From here the Rede feeds Catcleugh Reservoir and flows 24 miles past forests and farmland to the River North Tyne, near Redesmouth village. As the streams flow through the surrounding moors, the peat bogs regulate the water quality and flow, helping the river to support salmon, trout and freshwater pearl mussels.
Have you spotted some interesting wildlife in Redesdale?